(4:4) it is written,”
Vatishlach begadim lihalbish es Mordechai
etc.’ “Esther sent clothing to dress Mordechai’’. Preceding this occurrence the Megilah tells us that word had reached Mordechai about Haman’s evil designs against the
Upon hearingthis terrible news he rent his clothing and donned sackcloth as is the
upon receiving sad, tragic tidings. When Esther was told that Mordechai had donned sackcloth, she immediately sent him fresh clothing to change into.
heilige Tiferes Shlomo
asked what was the purpose in Esther’s sending a fresh set of clothing to Mordechai? She, certainly, knew that Mordechai was not lacking decent clothing! Surely, if he would have been compelled to change into new clothing, he would have seen fit to tear the new set of clothing for the exact same reason that he saw fit to rip the original set due to pain and sadness?
Reb Shlomo Radomsker explains that there was a difference of opinion between Mordechai and Esther as to the best method to awaken
s sympathy to the plight of the
. Mordechai believed that by sharing the pain of the
floundering in exile, the redemption would develop and progress. Partaking in the
was expressed, by the tearingof his clothing and the donning of sackcloth.
Esther’s message was, that although it is certainly praiseworthy, and even required to empathize with the pain of the
this would not be sufficient to awaken that desperately needed salvation. In order to awaken heavenly compassion, and to return the
into their midst, an abundance of
“Ein haShechina shoreh ela mitoch simcha”; “The Shechina only dwells in an atmosphere of simcha”.
The required setting for the
is only, where there is happiness and where joy is flourishing. Depression distances
company. Donning sackcloth is the antithesis of
. This was Esther’s message when sending clothing to Mordechai.
Towards the end of the
after Haman and his sons were hanged and Esther was bequeathed Haman’s house, Esther convinced Achashveirosh to issue a new set of letters, authorizing the
to defend themselves, against the impending onslaught on the thirteenth of Adar. At this juncture, the
writes that Mordechai appeared in public, dressed in royal garments. The Possuk tells us that the reaction to his majestic appearance in honorable garb was “
Vihair Shushan tzahala visamecha
”; “And the city of Shushan was inundated with
”. There is an obvious connection between the mode of dress of Mordechai to the elation of the
upon seeing Mordechai in his regal dress. Mordechai’s garb generated jubilance and the inhabitants of Shushan rejoiced even more, thus, ushering in the
and the initial sparks of
Esther felt that donning sackcloth would further distance the
and in effect, despair of the
. By outwardly maintaining composure and not demonstrating noticeable despair, the
would feel comfortable making its return. Esther felt that viewing Mordechai in a state of despondency would be counterproductive.
The requirement to enjoy
on Purim is unlike any other Yom Tov that obligates
On every other
, one may not mix a different
together with the
whereas, on Purim anything that prompts
is considered a fulfillment of
because we are required to create an atmosphere to bring
and that happens when there is a general state of happiness. Purim we are granted myriad opportunities to engage in activities that engender
. Let us use these special days to create a permanent abode for the
and to make Him feel at home.